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Class Descriptions 2015-2016

Teen Choir
Grades 7-12
We will perform classical, international, sacred, folk/spiritual, patriotic, and fun pieces. We will
work towards performing at the RIMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival in the spring, as well.

Elementary Choir and Music
Grades 1-6
We will perform international, sacred, folk/spiritual, patriotic, and fun pieces. We’ll have a blast
with theory games and learn to read music, too.

Handbells
In this class we learn to work together to become “one instrument” and make music. This class
requires each student to focus and listen in order to be successful.

Church Music
In this class, students will learn how to use the instrument they play (or their voice) to
accompany church congregations. Prerequisite: Students must have had at least one year on
their instrument and be able to read music.

Vocal Workshop
This will be a place where singers, no matter their level, can further develop their voices. We
will work on technique, repertoire, and performance. Students in this class will be offered the
opportunity to perform at a New Era Solo Recital and the RIMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival in the
spring.

Teen Treble Chorus
By invitation only;
Prerequisite: participants must be a female member of the Teen Choir
Students participating here will be chosen to work on more intense pieces with the intention of
performing at the RIMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival in the spring. If possible, these students will
also make opportunities to bless the community with their music.

Orchestra
Students must pass a “readiness assessment” and be able to learn and practice their parts
independently. This class gives the opportunity for young musicians to play in a full orchestra
with all the instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. We will perform a
selection of contemporary pieces, arrangements of classical favorites, and folk tunes. During
the first part of the year, sectionals will be held during rehearsal time to teach specific
techniques unique to each instrument family and to provide a smaller class size making it easier
to learn parts.

Theory I
Music Theory teaches us how music works. In this class, students will be introduced to some of
the “mechanics” of music. Students will learn basic information about musical keys and key
signatures, scales, and intervals. Students will also learn how to write out musical notes and
symbols. The material learned in this class will prepare the student for the Theory II class.
Theory I and Theory II may not be taken concurrently.

Theory II
Prerequisite: Students must pass a pre-test which assesses knowledge of information covered
in Theory I.
In this class, students will learn the basics of harmonic structure within western classical music,
including chords, chord progressions, melodic lines, music analysis, harmonizing melodies, and
part-writing. The speed at which we progress will be determined by the class’ ability. Students
have an opportunity to create their own music through writing chord progressions and
melodies.

Beginning Strings
This class is open to students who have no experience playing an orchestral string instrument,
or who have some but are not ready for orchestra. We will cover note reading, basic fingering,
and basic string technique. Students will have an opportunity to play individually and also as a
group. Students must provide their own instrument and purchase a copy of the method book
for their instrument. Students under age 8 who wish to participate in this class need an
interview with the teacher to assess readiness.

Beginning Winds & Percussion
This class is open to students who have no experience playing an orchestral wind or percussion
instrument, or who have some experience but are not ready for orchestra. We will cover note
reading, and basic fingering & technique. Students will have an opportunity to play individually
and also as a group. Students must provide their own instrument and purchase a copy of the
method book for their instrument. Students under age 8 who wish to participate in this class
need an interview with the teacher to assess readiness.

String Ensemble
By invitation only. Students must be a string playing member of the New Era Orchestra.
This class is designed for more advanced students who are self-directed and would like
additional challenge of playing alone on an exposed part. Students will learn how to play
together as a group without a conductor. This ensemble will prepare a piece for the RIMEA
Solo/Ensemble festival in May.

Woodwind Ensemble
By invitation only. Students must be a woodwind-playing member of the New Era Orchestra.
This class is designed for more advanced students who are self-directed and would like the
additional challenge of playing alone on an exposed part. Students will learn how to play
together as a group without a conductor. This ensemble will prepare a piece for the RIMEA
Solo/Ensemble festival in May.

Guitar Ensemble
By invitation only. Students must be a private guitar student at the New Era Center in order to
be considered for the Guitar Ensemble. This group is designed for intermediate to advanced
Classical Guitar students. The Ensemble will learn repertoire from various periods of musical
history with the goal of performing without a conductor. This ensemble will prepare a piece for
the RIMEA Solo/Ensemble festival in May.

Jazz Combo
By invitation only. This group is designed for intermediate to advanced players. The
instrumentation of the Jazz Combo will vary from year to year depending on which instruments
are participating. Students will learn to work together as a group to create a tasteful, authentic
jazz sound. Students will be expected to learn how to improvise solos on their respective
instruments. Improvisation experience is not a prerequisite to participation in the Jazz Combo.

Music History
Grades 9-12 (unless special permission is given by the instructor).
Students will be expected to learn about the history of the particular genre of music that they
will be studying (Western Classical Music, Jazz, or World Music). Students will be expected to
take notes in this lecture-style class format. Students will be given CDs containing the musical
examples of the genres that they are studying, and students will be expected to be able to
identify these examples. Midterm and Final exams will be administered.

Introduction to the Orchestra
Grades 1-6.
This class is designed to introduce the student to the various instruments used in Western
Orchestras. The students will also be introduced to some of the more famous works of major
composers of Classical Music.

Mens’ Vocal Ensemble
By invitation only. This ensemble will be designed for intermediate to advanced male vocalists
who are self-directed and would like the experience of working in a smaller group. The group
will learn repertoire from various periods of music history as well as proper vocal technique.
This ensemble will prepare a piece for the RIMEA Solo/Ensemble festival in May.

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